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Weekend Trip to London

If you’re going to plan a city break anywhere in the UK, it has to be London. There’s something about the hustle and bustle of this capital city that makes London a fantastic place to spend time in. Whether you’re planning a girlie weekend away or a romantic break, London is the perfect place.
The only downside to this amazing city is that it’s packed full of so many things to see and do, that it can be overwhelming. However, if you do your research before your trip and plan out an itinerary, you can ensure that you make the most of every second.
Want some ideas for the best ways to make the most of your trip - here’s everything that you need to know:
 Get your head around London transport
Often, the trickiest part of visiting London is getting your head around the transport system. Driving in London is a massive waste of time as you’ll end up spending hours stuck in traffic. The best way to get around London is via tube or bus. However, getting to grips with these transport systems can be tricky.
The best thing to do is download a tube and London bus app onto your phone so that you’ve got them to hand whenever you need them. To keep travel costs low, it’s a good idea to buy a visitor Oyster card - it’s more than worth the cost. Oh, and to make getting around the city easier, aim to stay as close to a main tube line as possible.

Be selective about your accommodation
On that note, it’s time to talk accommodation. To make getting around easier, choose to stay somewhere that’s close to a tube station or bus stop. Or somewhere that’s right in the city centre so that you can get around by foot or via Boris Bike.
It’s also wise to pick somewhere to stay that’s affordable but also of a high-quality. London hotels can be extremely pricey. However, there are often deals on sites like Wowcher, which can help you save money on your accommodation costs. Or, another option is to use AirBnB to find an apartment or room that you and your travel buddies could rent.

Get an idea of the best places to dine and drink
Before your trip, it’s wise to get an idea of the best places to eat and drink. Look out for places that are close to your accommodation, as well as restaurants and bars in popular areas like Covent Garden. Use TripAdvisor to determine the best places to eat. If there’s a certain cuisine you love, you can look for the best eateries for that food type. For example, to find the best Lebanese restaurant in London, all you need to do is search TripAdvisor.
If you’re stuck for ideas of the best places to eat, Covent Garden has some amazing eateries, as does Chinatown and Soho. If you have friends or family who live in London, ask them for recommendations of the best places to eat. Often, the places that locals choose to eat at serve the most amazing food.

Plan your itinerary for each day
When it comes to planning out each day, you may struggle to choose what to do, as there are so many options. From museums and art galleries to attractions like Madame Tussauds, the London Duck Tour and Hyde Park. If you want to ensure that your trip is as affordable as possible, it’s best to book tickets beforehand. That way, you can take advantage of online discounts.

For an exciting weekend away, London really is the perfect place.

Girly Weekend Away This Summer

There’s no better treat than a fun girly weekend away. It’s a brilliant way to relax, have fun, and spend some quality time with your special girlfriends. Now we’ve all got jobs and responsibilities we may not see our friends as often as we’d like. Partners, studies and kids seem to somehow take priority at times over our friendships., But it’s important not to let them slide. Jobs and boyfriends may come and go but your friends will always be there for you! If you’re going away with the girls, why not try one of these brilliant destinations?

London
Taking a trip to London is always exciting. There is so much to see and do it’s hard to know even where to think about beginning. Love the theatre? Visit the West End to see a huge variety of shows, both old and New. History buff Visit the Tower of London. If you fancy checking out London’s seedier side, SoHo is always good for a giggle. It may lack some of the individual charm of a few years back, but there’s still loads of gigs and rock and roll goings on.

Blackpool
It’s not all hen weekends and kiss me quick hats. Blackpool has had somewhat of a cultural renaissance. If you excuse the tatty back streets, you’ll find that much of the centre has been refurbished - and there’s some great contemporary art. Check out the Comedy Carpet right in front of the famous Tower. It’s a massive installation of famous lines from all the comedy greats that have played at the Lancastrian resort over the years.

Ireland
There’s something fascinating and captivating about Ireland. The scenery is beautiful and the craic is amazing. Then again, it could just be the accent. Head off to the Emerald isle for a break and you’ll be kissing the Blarney Stone in no time. If there’s a few of you, you can rent holiday cottages in Ireland for a reasonable price and save money by self - catering. That’s if you’re not too busy out and about sampling the Guinness!

Bath
If you and your girls fancy some extra special pampering, then head on down to bath. The Royal city is famed for it’s ancient Roman Baths. The original baths are now a Museum dedicated to the history of the jewel in wiltshire's crown. The hot water comes, heated from the thermal springs under the ground. The Thermae Bath Spa is the only natural spring spa in the UK. The combination of historic surroundings and luxurious pampering is very decadent. IT’s a great destination if you all like spa days and beauty treatments.

Glasgow

You’ll struggle to find a friendlier city than Scotland’s second city. It may have a reputation for being a bit rough and ready, but there’s no need to worry. The Glaswegians welcome strangers with open arms and you’re guaranteed to have a fantastic night out. The accents are cute, too! Why not visit the West End? It’s full of artists and students and is definitely the bohemian end of town.

Outfits of the Week: February #4


 Monday
Dress: Primark
Cardigan: Primark
Necklace: New Look
Boots: New Look

Tuesday
Top: Primark
Vest Top: Forever 21
Blazer: Quiz
Trousers: New Look
Boots: Quiz

Wednesday
Blouse: Primark
Vest Top: Forever 21
Jeans: River Island
Boots: New Look
Bracelets: Annie Haak, Pandora and Jomi

Thursday
Shirt: Primark
Vest Top: Forever 21
Necklace: Primark
Jeans: River Island
Boots: New look

Friday
Dress: Primark
Belt: Primark
Boots: New Look


Good Things Argan Oil Day Cream Review



Our recent snowy weather and the blasting heating at work has left my skin in a bit of a sorry state. My skin was feeling dry and flakey. I needed to find a thick moisturiser that I could use during the day before my makeup to stop my foundation being sucked in for a bit of hydration. I bought a few new skincare products but just before that I uncovered this little gem in my stash.

This is possibly the most intense, creamy day cream that I've ever used. With Vitamin E, Baobab and argan oil it's packed full of ingredients to boost hydration, improve firmness and target signs of waging. It's also free from paragons, mineral oils, sulphates and animal ingredients which makes it even better. It's definitely done wonders for my skin. It feels softer, looks healthier and feels hydrated every day. 

I'm not 100% struck on the packaging because I don't like using jars when I've got long or false nails. But the simple, glass design has a much more premium feel than moisturisers in plastic tubs or tubes so I'll have to overlook my nail problems. 

A little bit goes a long way - it's whipped and creamy and seems like it's going to last a long time. A joy to use, Good Things has won a place in my skincare routine! 

Have you used any other Good Things products that are worth raving about? Next on my list to find is a lip product to tackle dry, chapped lips.

Where to Start When Organizing A Wedding

So, you’re engaged! Congratulations. It’s a wonderful time in anyone’s life. And that’s exactly as it should be. You’ve found your perfect partner, and you can’t wait to begin your married life together.What could be more exciting? You’ve got the whole of the rest of your lives ahead of you, and by getting engaged, you’re laying the foundations of a long and happy union.
So where do you even begin to start organising your big day? It’s a common mistake to get carried away - after all it is exciting - but you need to sort the basics first. No point in shopping for favours when you haven’t actually booked any tables to put them on!

The most important practical factor when it comes to organizing your big day is the budget. Unless your family have a big stash of cash, these days it’s less frequent for the family of the bride to foot the bill. How much money you have to spend will influence your decisions, and make some of them a whole lot easier! However much you want to have the most incredible wedding day, it’s not a sensible idea to rack up debt. Especially if it’s going to take you half of your married life to pay it off.

Booking everything as far in advance of the actual day you’re tying the knot is imperative.  Wedding venues, caterers, photographers and entertainers can be booked up to a year or even longer in advance. Their peak seasons for business is wedding season, so you need to act quickly to secure the things you really want. It’s unlikely you’ll get your first, or second choices if you leave it until the last minute to try and book them. A good quality wedding photographer or band doesn’t tend to be available at short notice!
Deciding where and when you are going to have your big day is vital. Make you sure you can give friends and family in far-flung spaces as much notice as you can, too. They may need time to prepare for travel arrangements (flights aren’t cheap!), or even just have a chance to book holiday leave from work.
Deciding who to invite on the big day can be a minefield. It can be a source of contention for lots of couples. Maybe you don’t like his friends, or he doesn’t like yours. Maybe you both come from big families and deciding if you can invite every auntie and uncle will mean less of your own friends there. What do you do? If parents are paying for the wedding, it’s a good idea to ask their opinions, especially when it comes to family matters. If you’re paying for your own, then you are less obliged to invite the entire family. But do tread carefully, you don’t want to upset anyone or cause divisions!
Planning a wedding can be nerve wracking. You should be feeling fabulous at this exciting time!  Don’t be overwhelmed. Just take things one step at a time and remember why you are getting married in the first place!

Outfit and Makeup of the Night: Cocktail Time

Saturday night was cocktail night to celebrate one of the girls' birthdays. With the snow coming down thick and fast it wasn't easy choosing what to wear. I opted for a maxi skirt, though it's got a slit up to my thigh, it proved to be quite a good option. I even managed to walk the mile and a bit home without getting frostbite. The night was fab. Lots of gossip, music, dancing and for once proper cocktails rather than our usual strong concoctions. I didn't even have a hangover on Sunday - bonus!




Nude Platform Chunky Heeled Shoes: New Look
Small cross body Bag: Michael Kors 



Peach mojitos are my new favourite. 
What cocktail do you love?

High Street Haul - River Island & Primark

Another haul this month, I promise I've not been doing that much shopping! I was in need of another pair of jeans and River Island do my absolute favourite. Whether it's Amelie or Molly jeans they're both skinny and keep their shape well. I went for a pair of dark wash Molly jeans - I'd wear my black pair every day if I could! I refuse to pay postage so had to get myself some extra tops - whoops. I also popped into Primark last weekend when I was visiting my Brother's new house. I couldn't resist a couple of workwear pieces and a workout bargain.




Long Sleeve Printed Dress
£10

 Monochrome Patterned Skirt
£8
 Workout Reflective Jacket
£5 down from £12

Outfits of the Week: February #3


Monday
Top: Primark
Vest Top: Forever 21
Cardigan: Primark
Jeans: River Island
Boots: New Look
Bracelets: Annie Haak, Tiffany's and Fitbit Charge HR

Tuesday
Hoodie: Pink at Victoria's Secret
Vest Top: Forever 21
Trousers: Pink at Victoria's Secret

Wednesday
Jumper: River Island
Cami: Primark
Jeans: River Island
Boots: New Look

Thursday
Dress: New Look
Shoes: Primark
Necklace: Primark

Friday
Top: Primark
Vest Top: Forever 21
Leggings: Pink at Victoria's Secret
Necklace: eBay
Boots: Quiz

Hairaisers Supermodel Clip Ins

This is a post that's been tucked away in my drafts, half complete, since before I moved house (hence the old room background). I blame BT and their awful installation for this slipping through the cracks.


I've been growing my hair for years. I've used many pots of Lee Stafford's Hair Growth treatment and you know it's paid off when you enter the hairdressers and all of them comment on how long your hair is. My hair is long and quite thick. Though it's dyed and sees quite a considerable amount of heat it's in not bad condition. All of that doesn't mean I can't wear hair extensions... 
Even in my long hair they can add a bit of length but best of all add thickness. A good set of human hair extensions can transform an updo or add life to a curly style. Being able to clip in some extra hair and having amazing volume and length is something most girls should get the chance to try out. It's something I love for a big night out or special occasion...




Hairaisers is a hair extensions, wig and hair piece brand that's been around since the 80's. As one of the oldest and most respected hair brands in Europe they know how to raise the bar in hair fashion. Supermodel is a range that uses 100% human hair, is affordable, good quality and can be used over and over again.
As they're made from human hair they can be straightened, curled, washed, blowdried and styled. They come in 3 different lengths - 14", 18" or 20", so there's something to suit all different lengths. As for colours there's over 20 different shades and as a total extension amateur I was able to pick out the perfect one for my hair. They've even got ombre shades for something a bit different.





You can see from the photos just how perfectly they blend with my hair. Though they don't add much length they definitely make my hair look thicker and healthier at the ends. It's always the real test wearing extensions in my straight hair - that's when they're most noticeable both at the clips and the ends. Though I don't have much experience clipping them all in place I managed to keep the clips disguised and convince some people that my hair is long, thick and supermodel potential.

Do you have hair extensions reserved for special occasions? What sort of extensions have you tried out? Clip-ins, bonded or maybe even a hair piece?

Getting Healthy

2016 is going to be the year I get in shape. Okay, so I say that every year, but this year I am getting back into it! I think it’s important to set health and fitness goals for each year, and I’m going to share with you my fitness plan to get healthy. Check it out, and I hope you can use it to come up with your own great plan as well.

Get a Buddy Involved
Take it from me; keeping fit is a lot of work and effort. Some days it’s going to be the last thing you want to do. But, you need to try to keep up with it as much as you can, and that’s why you need to have a friend or buddy involved. Having someone else to exercise with makes it a more appealing task. It’s also great for motivation and inspiration. You can rely on each other to get through the tough parts of the process, and do what you can to keep each other positive. Just now I'm in full competitive mode when it comes to using my Fitbit. My boyfriend and I have a workweek hustle challenge and I'm determined to do the most steps through the week (again.) So much so I don't sit down to watch Youtube anymore - got to keep walking!

Sign Up to the Local Gym
The best way to get fitter is to have that drive and discipline, and it’s sometimes hard to get this yourself. The best thing for some people is to sign up to the local gym. You’ll find that signing up to a gym helps you stay motivated to exercise regularly. It also means you’re in an exercise environment where you can work out and feel good. You've got to make sure you're making the most of your membership money by going a few times a week.
Early Morning Runs
I think it’s important to have some sort of routine in place when it comes to keeping fit. And the best way to do this is to fit it around your busy schedule. For some people an early morning run is the best fit for their hectic life. An early morning run is something you can do every day, and it sets you up nicely for the day ahead. Dust off your trainers and create a new playlist on your iPhone. Then you need to get into the routine of getting out there and pounding the pavement each morning.


No Wine on a School Night!
Who doesn’t love a glass of vino after a stressful day at work?! Unfortunately it's not the best way to de-stress. Alcohol is not good for the mind and body. And drinking on a school night leaves you feeling a little fuzzy and lethargic the next day. As for the calorie content it's scary to think what they'd add up to after a long week at work. I’m limiting my intake to just weekends and see how that helps me. This is going to leave me in a much better physical and mental condition on a daily basis. And makes me feel less guilty when it reaches a Friday night!
These are a few of the ideas that I’m trying to implement this year. Getting healthier has long been an ambition of mine, and this is how I’ll go about it. Keeping fit is difficult and requires plenty of discipline and drive. That’s why I am going to try to use these suggestions to make sure I get fitter. I hope you’ll get some sort of inspiration from this list, and use it to help you do the same.